The Champaign County commissioners established the committee in September, and the councils of Urbana, Mechanicsburg, North Lewisburg and St. Paris passed resolutions supporting the effort to encourage all Champaign County residents to complete the census.
“If we improve the response rate to the census, we improve the data that the Census Bureau collects and get a more complete count,” Crabill says. That’s important because census data, such as population and median income, affects business decisions, for instance, whether to locate or expand here.
And a more accurate count supports government decisions and improves our community’s competitiveness in applying for grants.
The U.S. Census Bureau will mail cards to physical addresses prior to April 1 – which has been designated as Census Day – to explain how to complete the census online, by mail or by phone.
A second mailer will be sent to those who don’t complete the census the first time around. And door-to-door census workers will visit those who still haven’t completed the census.
Interested in being a census taker?
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting census takers for Champaign County. To learn how to apply for the positions, visit ChampaignWorks.com. The positions pay $16.50-$18 an hour.